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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Intellectual History, and Literary Fiction

The upcoming release of the newest Ta-Nehisi Coates work has many people abuzz. This is not, however, an essay. Nor is it a collection of essays or a longer piece of nonfiction. Instead, Coates has now turned to the realm of fiction with his upcoming novel, The Water Dancer. The novel is about an enslaved man who finds himself not only involved in the Underground Railroad, but also possessing supernatural powers. Such a work by Coates is not, in itself, out of the ordinary for him: I have enjoyed, in recent years, reading his works for Marvel Comics on both Read more